Brett Moffitt earned his second top-three finish in two races and improved his best career finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a second-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old Iowa native posted the 12th and second-fastest times respectively in two practice sessions on Wednesday morning. Later in the day, Moffitt transferred to the third and final round of knockout group qualifying to earn the eighth starting position for the 200-lap event in the No. 11 BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen Toyota Tundra. Summer showers delayed the start of the UNOH 200 by a little over an hour, and the green flag fell just after 9:30 p.m. Moffitt quickly moved into the top-five by lap 50, and reported that he was experiencing a tight handling condition in his Tundra. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli opted to have Moffitt stay out for several cautions early in the race to preserve track position because of threatening weather. Zipadelli brought him to pit road from third under caution on lap 137 for four fresh Goodyear tires, Sunoco fuel and an air pressure adjustment and Moffitt restarted in the sixth position with 57 laps to go. Moffitt worked his way back to the second position and was battling for the lead when a caution flag slowed the field. Moffitt restarted on the outside of the front row with just five circuits left and nearly picked up his first NCWTS win, but recorded a career-best second place finish.
Start - 8
Finish - 2
Owner Points Position - 9
Laps Led - 0
Brett Moffitt Quotes:
"I'm really excited heading into Michigan. We're taking the same truck that we ran at Kentucky and then again at Pocono and they actually did some more to work it, so hopefully it's even better. I think we are showing really strong and got a third-place and a second-place here. We just need one more, so that'd be a good place to win and hopefully then at the road course as well."
Did you consider bumping for the win?
"I'm going to race people the way I want to be raced. It is Bristol, so if you need to move someone, you've got to move them and I just wasn't quite good enough through the center to get to him. He slipped up a few times and I was able to get to his bumper once, but didn't get to him hard enough and I was really waiting for him to make a mistake so I could shove my nose in there, but he was - he executed when he needed to and he hit his marks and I just wasn't able to get to him there."